H.R. 6255 (111th): To require mail-order pharmacies to notify customers when generic drugs become available and to prevent mail-order pharmacies from substituting drugs without the express authorization of the prescriber.

Sep 29, 2010 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Carol Shea-Porter
Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district
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Sep 29, 2010
4 pages

This bill was introduced on September 29, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Sep 29, 2010
Referred to Committee Sep 29, 2010

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Requires a mail-order pharmacy to inform a customer to whom it dispenses a prescription brand name drug when a generic drug that is the pharmaceutical equivalent becomes available.
Permits a mail-order pharmacy to substitute a generic drug for a brand name drug or a brand name drug for a generic drug if the mail order pharmacy:
(1) notifies the customer that the pharmacy will request that the prescriber provide an authorization to make such a substitution; and
(2) after providing such notification, obtains the express written authorization of the prescriber of the drug to make such a substitution.
Requires the prescriber to provide notice to the customer of an authorization.
Permits the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assess civil penalties against a mail-order pharmacy for violations of this Act.
Declares that this Act preempts state laws to the extent any are inconsistent with this Act.

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